NFP - MSP individual scholarships

NFP and MSP are scholarship programmes to help reduce the shortage of skilled workers or support democratic transition in specific countries.

Important notice:

The current phase of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes is coming to an end. The outlines of a new capacity building programme, including fellowships, are currently being developed. As soon as we have more information about this, we will update the website.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) aim to help reduce the shortage of skilled workers in 50 countries:

NFP countries(57 kB)

The programmes are initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The NFP individual fellowships are available for specific programmes which are either:

  • Short courses
  • Master’s degree programmes
  • PhD studies

The eligible programmes are all offered by Dutch higher education institutions. You can find the eligible courses in our study programmes database at:

NFP flyer(790 kB)

NFP Results 2015(654 kB)

Annual report 2015 NFP and NICHE programme(5.7 MB)

MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. The programme also helps build capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study.

The MSP offers around 140 short course scholarships a year to professionals from 10 countries in the MENA region.

MSP countries(120 kB)

The programme targets professionals aged up to 45 who are nationals of and working in one of the ten selected countries. The scholarships can be used for selected short courses in the Netherlands.

MENA flyer(702 kB)

How to apply for NFP and MSP

If you want to apply for a scholarship to study in the Netherlands, please contact the Dutch higher education institution offering the course. They can tell you how to apply and inform you about the eligibility criteria and the application and selection procedures.

You can find more information on our Study in Holland website: and

General documents

Grant Conditions Netherlands Fellowship Programmes and MENA Scholarship Programme(653 kB)

Short guide for the application and selection process of NFP II and MSP II (455 kB)

last modified Dec 21, 2015 12:28 PM